Cars are what we use to drive around daily. Some of us are driven, some of us drive and commute, and others use cars occasionally to travel to new destinations. Some of us even like to follow popular car races and even have our own favorite NASCAR team. I personally like to watch these races to see the cars and check out what improvements were made. Innovation is important, especially in the car industry, as competitiveness drives other manufacturers to keep innovating.
Some concepts and new models are often presented at car shows. Here are the most famous car shows in the world.
The International Car Show
This has to be the vaguest name in the history of names. It used to be known as the International Motor Show Germany, but now it is simply the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, which translates to the International Car Show.
It is held biannually, every odd year for passenger vehicles and every even year for commercial vehicles. It was separated due to the number of visitors. You can go to Frankfurt to see passenger vehicles and to Hanover to see the commercial ones. This is one of the most important car shows, as noted by its simple name. You can expect to see the newest models here, as well as concept cars.
The Tokyo Motor Show
This is another very, very important motor show, featuring all the Japanese car companies like Honda, Toyota, Mazda, and Nissan. It is held in Tokyo as it is the country’s largest city and will easily attract the most people.
Upwards of 30,000 cars are displayed here, not to mention motorcycles and commercial vehicles. You can also buy tickets in advance, especially if you want to see the vehicles first. They have something called a Preview Day, which is an exclusive premiere to see the newest models before anybody else (who didn’t buy a Preview Day ticket).
The Paris Auto Show
It is often called the Paris Auto Show, even though its name is actually the Paris Mondial De l’Automobile. It is held biannually, every even year, in the Paris Expo hall, also going by the name of the Paris expo Porte de Versailles. The show is amazing and you can see the newest cars, from a lot of auto manufacturers. Most European manufacturers, if not all, are often present.
The Geneva International Motor Show
The Geneva International Motor Show, or GIMS, is an annual event, held in Geneva, Switzerland. It has been here since 1905 and is one of the most important car shows in the world. There are plenty of vehicles to see here, electric cars, production cars, concept cars, tuners, special parts and accessories as well as new technologies. It is a great annual show for any car enthusiast.
The North American International Auto Show
This motor show is also called NAIAS or the Detroit Auto Show as it is held in Detroit, every year. It is the most popular auto show in the United States, yet it has its own ups and downs. Following the downward trend of luxury cars in the United States, BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz were not present at the 2019 show, alongside other luxury car manufacturers such as Volvo, Jaguar, Porsche and Land Rover.
The Beijing International Automotive Exhibition
This exhibition is also called Auto China, simply put. It is a biannual event and has been held every second year since 1990. China is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world. Manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, Skoda, Volkswagen, BMW and Lexus have been present, not to mention BMW, Honda, and more. Given China’s size and market, more manufacturers come every year.
These are the biggest and most important car shows in the world.